Passport Services

  1. The Athens-Clarke County Library shall serve as a Passport Acceptance Facility and work in cooperation with the United States Passport Agency.
  2. Passport services are designed to provide passport information and passport application assistance to all United States citizens and nationals who wish to obtain a passport. The United States Department of State enforces strict guidelines for passport applications. The Library makes every effort to see that your application is processed in a timely manner by encouraging you to fill out the application fully and clearly. Failure to do so can cause delays in receiving your passport.
  3. Athens-Clarke County Library is an application acceptance facility and does not issue passports.
  4. The State Department requires the following documents of all applicants:
    1. Positive proof of U.S. citizenship, any one of the following:
      • Previous U.S. Passport
      • Birth certificate
      • Certified birth certificate or certified copy of birth certificate issued by an office of vital statistics or registrar of deeds.
    2. Positive proof of identity, any of the following:
      • Previous U.S. passport
      • Valid driver’s license
      • Official military identification card

    In addition, the following are required:

    • Social security number
    • Two identical passport photos meeting size requirements
    • Check or money order to be made to the U.S. Department of State for: Passport Book $110 per adult and $80 per application by a minor (under age 16). Passport cards $30 per adult and $15 per application by a minor (under age 16). No credit cards accepted.
    • Separate payment of $25 execution fee to Athens-Clarke County Library for each application, no credit cards accepted. Payment should be cash, check or money order to the Library.
  5. Athens-Clarke County Library is not responsible for any attempted fraud through the following means:
    • Altered birth certificate
    • Lying under oath
    • Attempted kidnapping of child
    • Child support payments arrears
  6. Athens-Clarke County Library takes no responsibility for payment of passport fees. Passport fees are non-refundable.
  7. Passport applications for an individual(s) are NOT public records and should be maintained as confidential information.
  8. Applications and fees shall be locked in a safe until taken daily to the post office for mailing. Only copies of daily transmittal lists shall be kept locked for internal tracking purposed and to assist the Passport Agency in locating and accounting for applications. These shall be kept for at least one year.
  9. The Reference Desk (second floor) will accept U.S. Passport applications. Hours for this service are Monday-Thursday, 9am-8pm and Friday, 9am-5pm (excluding days the Library is closed). Saturday, 9am - 5pm and Sunday, 2-5pm. Please allow at least 15 minutes per application so that all applications are completed before closing time. Applicants with hand-carry applications, i.e., for people requiring passports in two weeks or less, it is advised that they phone ahead of time to let Reference staff know what time they will be coming to the library.
  10. All first-time applicants must apply for passports in person using form DS-
  11. Both parents must sign the application in person (DS-11) for any child under age 16. The child must be present regardless of age. If both parents cannot be present, a statement of consent from the absent parents must be presented (DS- 3053) and notarized. All applicants, regardless of ages, must appear in person.
  12. Renewals of valid U.S. passports may be handled yourself by mail, provided your passport is no more than 15 years old, and you were over the age of 16 when it was issued.

Amended 7/15/2010

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